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For Immediate Release

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August 03, 2011 Corey Britt, Deputy U.S. Marshal (337) 262-6792
Lafayette’s Most Wanted Peacefully Surrendered to the
U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force

Lafayette, LA – Nineteen Year Old Nelson Paul Chambers peacefully surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) at about 12:00 p.m. today. Chambers was accompanied by his family and others as he surrendered in front of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

On July 19th after Chambers failed to appear at his trial for Aggravated Rape, the Lafayette Police Department requested the assistance of the VOTF. Since then VOTF has been processing leads and interviewing associates. Yesterday, VOTF negotiated a surrender with the family and today Chambers peacefully surrendered.

Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”

The Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole. Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In 2010 VOTF -- Lafayette closed over 400 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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